franklin school dc


What can I do?

Preserving Franklin School for Public Use… What You Can Do...

1.Join the Coalition for Franklin School (as an individual or as an organization) to broaden its support and influence. (send an e-mail to

  1. 2.Encourage others to join

  2. 3.Encourage discussion of the future of the Franklin School among your friends and in civic organizations to which you belong.

4.Read and become informed about Franklin School and its 140-year history in this website. Write your opinions and ideas for the future of the building for the website blog.

  1. 5.Write to Mayor Muriel Bowser (email link here), Jim Slattery, the Mayor’s Director of Correspondence (email link here), City Administrator Rashad M. Young, and Council Chairman Phil Mendelson urging that Franklin School be developed by the city for public uses (addresses below)


  3. Here are some talking points:

  4.     Public buildings have been paid for by citizens for public use, not private profit

  5.     Franklin has been designated as a historic landmark, both its interior and exterior

  6.     Most commercial uses of the building would add walls that would destroy its historic integrity

  7.     Educational or cultural uses could preserve the existing configuration of the building

  8.     Educational and cultural use would attract residents of the District and insure its use by local residents

  9.     A prominent, downtown location for a model 21st-century school or cultural center would enhance public attention and potential for foundation or federal support

  10.     Its location near three Metro lines in the center of the city would be ideal for a public use

  11.     Franklin, opened in 1869, is one of the most historic buildings that the District owns; its success led DC citizens to support public schools; the first high school classes and teacher training classes (normal school) for white students were held at Franklin

  12.     The Franklin School was the focus of the city’s first efforts in historic preservation

  13.     Franklin housed the offices of the City’s Board of Education and became the focus of the historic movement to integrate the city’s schools

  14.      Alexander Graham Bell first successfully tested a wireless means of communication from this building

  15.     Children of Presidents Andrew Johnson, James A. Garfield, and Chester A. Arthur attended Franklin. This could be a school where Presidents would be proud to send their children.

Mayor Muriel Bowser

Executive Office of the Mayor

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Suite 316,

Washington, DC 20004.


Or call 311, 24 hours a day, to leave a message for the Mayor.

Rashad M. Young, City Administrator
          Government of the District of Columbia
          1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
          Washington, DC 20004



      Jeff Miller

      Interim Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development


E-mail Phil Mendelson, the DC Council Chairman, and your own councilmember, sending copies to the rest of the Councilmembers.

Phil Mendelson- Council Chair

Suite: 504

Tel:  (202) 724-8032  

Vincent Orange - Councilmember (At-Large)

Suite: 104

Tel: (202) 724-8174

Anita Bonds - Councilmember (At-Large)

Suite: 504

Tel:  (202) 724-8064   


David Grosso - Councilmember (At-Large)

Suite: 402

Tel:  (202) 724-8105

Elissa Silverman - Councilmember (At-Large)

Suite: 408

Tel:    (202) 724-8052   

Brianne Nadeau - Councilmember (Ward 1)

Suite: 102

Tel:    (202) 724-8181   

Jack Evans - Councilmember (Ward 2)

Suite: 106

Tel:  (202) 724-8058   

Mary M. Cheh - Councilmember (Ward 3)

Suite: 108

Tel:    (202) 724-8062   

Kenyan McDuffie- Chair Pro Tempore and Councilmember (Ward 5)

Suite: 506

Tel:   (202) 724-8028

Charles Allen - Councilmember (Ward 6)

Suite: 406

Tel: (202) 724-8072 

Yvette M. Alexander (Ward 7)

Suite: 404

Tel:    (202) 724-8068


Let Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton know about your interest in the Franklin School. She was very helpful in getting support for the restoration of Eastern Market (another Cluss building). Perhaps she can help with Franklin - a building that is even more significant historically.

Congresswoman Norton’s homepage:

If you are a resident of the District of Columbia, you can send her an email through her website.

Otherwise, write her at the following postal address:

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
2136 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202 225-8050